A child’s room is rarely tidy, and on the contrary, it only gets worse with age.
Granted, new research from Habitat (habitat.co.uk) found that nearly half (41%) of parents say tidying up their child’s room is their biggest scarecrow – yet one in 10 continues to do so. , just because it looks good on social media. and for the guests.
Despite the fact that many children’s rooms most of the time look like a bomb, Habitat has found that, on average, parents spend Â£ 729 per family on their children’s rooms each year – more than they spend on their own master bedroom suites (Â£ 704), guest bedroom (Â£ 512) and dining room (Â£ 649).
Habitat Kids spokesperson Emma Worrollo, a game expert from The Playful Den (theplayfulden.com), who runs a community, blog, and classes to help encourage parents and kids to be more playful, attributes parental investment in children’s bedrooms to a better understanding of the link between play and well-being, as well as wanting to keep children inspired longer, after 18 months of being forced to stay at home. home during the pandemic.
And The Mummy Concierge Tiffany Norris (themummyconcierge.com), which aims to help mothers find the best – and most stylish – path through pregnancy and motherhood. says, âFurnishing your child’s bedroom can be incredibly fun, but also intimidating. There is so much to think about – from color schemes and safety to themes – and these must appeal to you as an adult, as well as your child.
Here, Worrollo and Norris give their advice on creating a stylish and easier to tidy bedroom for parents and children …
1. Safety is paramount
Norris emphasizes that safety should come before anything else in a child’s room. âAlways consider safety when it comes to your child’s bedroom – make sure the dressers are attached to the walls,â she stresses.
2. Observe their game and design with it
Follow the flow of play to both help with organization and enhance creative play, advises Worrollo. âTake a step back and really listen to how your child enjoys playing. If they’re big enough, ask them about their space and what they like to do there, âshe suggests. For example, if they like to line things up, you can set up small shelves – at their height – so they can line up their toys and store them for you. If your child is more active, use the shelves again. âLift things off the floor and swap toys for floor cushions, to give them more room to be active,â she says.
3. Look from a child’s point of view
If you want to encourage your child to help tidy up, that has to make sense to them, says Worrollo. âGet down to their level and develop a basic organizational system that is within reach and easy to understand,â she advises. âTalk about tidying up in a fun way, using terms like ‘toy houses’ or ‘toy dens,’ rather than making it seem like a chore. “
4. Think about sticky wallpaper
When it comes to decorating, Norris recommends parents use a âstick and peelâ wallpaper to make their life easier and keep kids happy as their tastes change as they grow older. âIt’s easy to apply, and that means when your child is bored of a single pattern a few years later, it’s easy – and inexpensive – to change it,â she says.
5. Use the walls
âWalls are your friends,â says Worrollo, who suggests putting up accessible shelving, hooks and whatever works to spread out organizing options. “Too much bulky storage concentrated around the floor will quickly overwhelm the room,” she warns.
6. Try a whiteboard wall
To reduce the use of scraps of paper that usually end up on the bedroom floor, you can turn one of the walls into a chalkboard or whiteboard, so your child can write things on it, like homework reminders, sums, spellings or hours. tables and books they would like to read, advises Norris.
7. Decorate the bedroom ceiling
If you and your child have differing opinions on the look of the room – they want a spatial theme while you want something more subtle – compromise when decorating the ceiling, suggests Norris. âYou can add stars and moons to the ceiling, so when your little one is lying in bed he can see it, while the rest of his room could be a nice shade of pantone blue,â says -she.
8. Create a workspace
We all love our own space, especially older kids and teens, so make sure you have space in their bedroom for a desk, where they can store all of their school pieces (in theory) and a lamp. . âLet them help you choose the style of their workspace so they like to sit there,â advises Norris.
9. Create display areas
If a child builds a model or creates a work of art – which Worrollo describes as “a little piece of her play soul” – consider reserving certain areas of her room for exhibition purposes, she suggests. It could be a rail with clips that the art can hang on to and, if you have the space, a display case or shelf for models can look really special, she says. âWhile it might not be possible to keep all of these things forever, it will mean a lot to your child that you see value in their creations – and you will have a place to put things when tidying up. “
10. Small things equal small storage
For older kids who pick up and play with toys that have micro-parts, use portable containers that have a variety of compartments. âSorting and organizing is a model of play in itself,â says Worrollo. âWith the right tools, your children could fall in love with the care of their collections. “